The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

JEFFERSON- May 2-5, The 66th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage will get undeway. Jefferson is located on Big Cypress Bayou in northeast Texas and is rich with historic preservation, antique and gift shops, bed and breakfast inns, fine restaurants, museums, a new incredible model railroad located within its own recently built building, historic Oakwood Cemetery, beautiful old churches, steam train ride, riverboat rides and tours, horse-drawn carriages, mule-drawn wagons, Jay Gould’s impressive private rail car, and the Excelsior House Hotel which has been in continuous operation since 1858.  You will enjoy attractions which are located wit in a compact historical district ideally suited for walking if so inclined.                          

Among the many amenities you may experience during your visit will be:           

Period dressed guides in four historic homes  (Dunlora built in 1867; White Oak Manor built in 1911; Moseley Manor built in 1851 and The Beard House built in 1860)(May 3-4) 11 AM – 4 PM              

The Excelsior House Grand Ballroom luncheon buffet (Saturday 11:30 – 2:00) Please make  reservations for this event.

Quilt and Fiber-Art Show (May 3 & 4) 9 AM – 5 PM             

Crafts Fair and Heirloom Plant Sale (May 3 & 4) 9 AM – 5 PM     

Twilight Garden Stroll through four beautiful gardens (May 3 & 4) 5:30 – 7:30 PM            

The Pilgrimage parade (Saturday morning at 10:00) which always ends with those pesky Yankee  Soldiers disrupting the event        

 The re-enactment of the Presentation of Colors to the Jefferson Guard as they leave to fight for the Confederacy (10:00 Sunday morning/Christ Episcopal Church, outdoors)           

 Five performances of the 59th production of the very popular, ”Diamond Bessie Murder Trial”  (Advance tickets are strongly advised.)

 May 2 at 7:30 PM; May 3 at 7:30 PM; May 4 at 5:30 PM & 8:30 PM, May 5 at 2 PM

 Battle for Port Jefferson Civil War Re-enactment –May 4 at 4 PM & May 5 at 1:30 PM

Tour buses are welcome with special accommodations for parking.

For additional information:  Excelsior House 800-490-7270 or 903-665-2513 or

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